AMD Possibly Abandoning FX Processors – FX-9590 Becomes Final Legacy of The FX Lineup

AMD Possibly Abandoning FX Processors – FX-9590 Becomes Final Legacy of The FX Lineup

AMD recently released the worlds most fastest clocked CPU in their FX Processors lineup codenamed the FX-9590 which runs at 5 GHz. Additionally, AMD’s FX Vishera which include the FX-8350
offers 8 Cores and upto 4ghz clock at a sub-$200 price range against
competitors from Intel. While AMD might not be ahead in the performance
scene, they are definitely doing well by offering consumers more value.

AMD Possibly Abandoning FX Processors – APUs All The Way!

The FX Processors without a doubt have had a hard time keeping up with the Intel Core series processors in terms of performance and efficiency. In all of our reviews, we mentioned how AMD lagged keeping up
with Intel in the process design and x86 performance scape. At this
time, Intel has hopped abroad a much efficient 22nm process design
architecture “Haswell“while AMD currently offers a refined version of the Bulldozer architecture called “Piledriver” that is a 32nm based SOI-HKG design. Only in 2014 would AMD make the switch to a 28nm with the Steamroller architecture but the new design would be limited only to its Kaveri and Berlin APUs. In 2014 and beyond, AMD would possibly not offer any more CPU under its FX Processors brand.

Interestingly the document also made it clears the days of the big core are numbered, leaving the FX-9590 as the final legacy of the FX line. via VR-Zone

This interesting report was brought up by VR-Zone who have been very accurate regarding AMD’s APUs in the past thanks to the leaked documents they got their hands
on. From the reports which infact also showcase some AMD’s internal
roadmaps show that the recently launched FX-9590 5 GHz clocked processor
is supposedly the last legacy of the FX Processor Lineup. And it
definitely seems so, as i mentioned AMD has lacked behind Intel in the
x86 performance scape in terms of performance, efficiency and process
design. By 2015, both Intel’s High-End desktop and Performance platforms
would make the switch to 14nm Skylake architecture and 22nm Haswell. The best hope for AMD then would either be a refreshed Steamroller like Piledriver or their new Excavator with Carrizo APU which is very unlikely to go 16/14nm.

You may remember the public server roadmap which AMD displayed a few
months ago. The roadmap revealed that the only Enterprise processor to
feature the new 28nm Steamroller cores would be the Berlin APUs while
the Warsaw with 12/16 core will feature the Piledriver 32nm architecture
and ship in 2H of 2014. This means we will not be looking at a 28nm
Enterprise CPU till late 2015.

AMD Public Server Roadmap

But all these developments seem to show one trend, that AMD is not
fusing the big cores in their enthusiast lineup but rather refining them
for their next generation accelerated processing units. While FX
Processors from AMD didn’t gain much attention, AMD’s APU have certainly
gained alot of interest from consumers since their graphics side is
strong against Intel flagship Iris core, they have the adequate and
targeted CPU performance and are getting the much enhanced HUMA/HSA
memory architecture that would give both the GPU and CPU to share the
same memory pool much more efficiently. Their Jaguar and upcoming Puma
cores seem to be doing well on the portable, handheld platforms and even
the next generation consoles. So its a win-win situation for AMD’s APUs
but not the FX Processors. With such a big demand for APUs, its easy to
imagine the downfall of the FX Processors.

So this could probably be the last generation of FX Processors we
will ever see again because one thing is obvious from AMD’s roadmaps.
They don’t show any new AM3+ desktop refresh or a new steamroller core
for enthusiast platform. But we will wait for an official response from
AMD on this report, maybe the reports from VR-Zone could be true but
only for one generation of processors. Maybe AMD could skip this year
like Intel are doing with their Broadwell architecture (Skipping it from the LGA socketed platforms) and emerging again with Skylake in 2015. With AMD, it could mean a similar scenario by skipping 2014 and re-releasing a refined FX lineup in late 2014 or 2015.

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